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GAUTENG Premier David Makhura’s appointment of Dr Thembi Mokgethi as the new MEC for Social Development has been given the thumbs up by the ruling party in the province.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has been acting in the position since the passing of former MEC Thuli Nkabinde-Khawe.

Mokgethi is currently serving member of the Legislature in the Human Settlement, Petitions and Infrastructure Portfolio Committees.

The ANC Gauteng said Mokgethi’s appointment will add to the already diverse and highly competent team in the Gauteng Executive Council.

“Comrade Dr Thembi Mokgethi brings with her a wealth of organizational and government experience and expertise. She is currently serving in the 6th Legislature from 2019 as MPL and Chairperson of COGTA and Human Settlementn as well as serving on Scopa and Standing Committee on Chair of Chairs,” the ANC said in a statement congratulating Mokgethi.

Mokgethi has served in various committees of health, Scopa, Adhoc Committee of Money Bill, Economic and Rural Development and also as a Constituency Whip.

She has also served in different structures of the ANC and the ANCWL in Merafong sub-region of the West Rand and as PEC member of ANCWL in the North West among others. Mokgethi has also served as provincial treasurer of the ANCWL in Gauteng from 2012 to 2019.

One of her major appointments was to the Presidential Review Committee in 2018 focusing on progress and challenges for gender equality and women emancipation.

“The ANC Gauteng also takes this opportunity to introduce and congratulate comrade Kedibone Diale as the new Portfolio Chairperson for Human Settlement and COGTA, a PEC member responsible for Economic Transformation Subcommittee,” it added in a statement.

“We have no doubt that comrade Dr Mokgethi will hit the ground running in her new deployment. We believe that comrade Panyaza Lesufi indeed took over from the late comrade Thuli Nkabinde Khawe and consolidated the solid foundation laid by the late MEC during his acting deployment in the department.”

(Compiled by Inside Politics staff)

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